Centuries to celebrate
OPENER Dayne Siede put two ducks behind him and struck form with a superb century to lead the charge as Gold Coast maintained the rage on day three of the Bundaberg Under-15 Development Carnival yesterday.
Brisbane North opener Liam Byrne also hit his straps, cracking a ton to lead his team to its first win at the tournament, a 125-run victory over Bundaberg White.
Darling Downs and South West Queensland (DDSWQ) also posted its third win of the week, holding on to defeat South East Queensland (SEQ) by a mere three runs in a tense finish to set up what could be a showdown for the title with Gold Coast today.
Siede compiled a classy 107 but, apart from 40 from fellow opener Nick Jolly, his teammates generally struggled.
But they did rack up a healthy 10-252 against Bundaberg Maroon despite a four-wicket haul to U-14 player Travis Locke in his first game of the week.
Tim Pezet then gave Gold Coast the perfect start bowling-wise, firing out Zac McLellan on the first ball, and Bundaberg never fully recovered, being bowled out for 193. First-change bowler Jordan Rodgers was the chief destroyer with 4-34 and Pezet took 3-34.
Siede, 15, who had not scored a run in the first two games of the tournament, including a golden duck on Tuesday, was delighted.
"It was my first century since scoring one in under-12 for Gold Coast and my best ever by one run. Just luck was the difference - on the first two days, I was unlucky," he said.
"But I had been in good form before that, with 92 not out against a New Zealand touring team, 50 against Metropolitan South West and 50 not out against SEQ."
Siede praised Jolly, who he said had been scoring heaps of runs. He said the team was performing well in all departments and he was confident they could go on and claim the title.
Bundaberg White compiled a competitive 165 despite a four-wicket haul to Brisbane North's Samson Lowney and three wickets from opener Jackson Plumb.
But Brisbane cruised past the target for the loss of just one wicket on the back of a 171-run second-wicket stand between Byrne, who was eventually dismissed for 116, and No.3 Oliver West, who fell 19 runs short of a century.
Byrne, who had scored just five in each of his first two innings of the series, said it was his first century, surpassing his previous best of 89 in winter cricket in July.
"But I had scored three 50s out of five games for club this season and I had a bit of luck early. You always need a bit of luck and I felt really good after that," Byrne said.
He is hopeful his team can finish the week with three wins.
"On the first day we dropped our intensity and on the second day we almost won despite scoring not very many runs, and that gave us a lot of confidence," he said.
DDSWQ lost its batting hero of the first two days, opener Brendan Buckley, run out for just one, and it continued to lose wickets at regular intervals. At one stage it was in deep trouble at 7-100.
But it recovered to reach 207, thanks mainly to a timely half-century from No.8 Ben Itzstein.
SEQ also lost an early wicket in its chase but with opener Ethan Spratt anchoring the innings with 49 and No.5 Kaelum Fairhurst scoring 50, it was well on track at 4-143 before losing its last seven wickets for just 61 runs, including a late implosion of 4-17.
Itzstein, who opened the bowling for the Downs, completed a superb double with 3-18, including the last wicket, trapping tail-ender Tom Eyley leg-before-wicket after Eyley had been outstanding with the ball for SEQ with 5-35.
Brisbane North 6-290 (Byrne 116, Oliver West 81, Cameron Caldwell 28, William Holloway 11-1-48-2, Johnathan Chapman 3-0-10-1) d Bundaberg White 165 (Andrew Porter 34, Johnathan Chapman 28, Samson Lowney 9-2-24-4, Jackson Plumb 11-2-29-3, Jay Varatharajan 6-2-8-1).
DDSWQ 207 (Itzstein 51, James Lush 31, Carl Clement 22, Tom Eyley 10.5-1-35-5, Harrison Wilton 10-1-35-2, Lachlan Brennan 9-0-44-2) d SEQ 204 (Fairhurst 50, Spratt 49, Jackson Edwards 31, Itzstein 10.5-4-18-3, James Breen 6-1-29-2).
Gold Coast 10-252 (Dayne Siede 107, Nick Jolly 40, Hayden Griffiths 29, Travis Locke 9-1-34-4, Sam Pearson 4-0-12-2) d Bundaberg Maroon 193 (Jared Paul 37no, Lachlan Trace 29, Trent Seeds 27, Jordan Rodgers 9.2-0-34-4, Tim Pezet 9-1-34-3).